The Management of Dana Airline on Thursday expressed satisfaction at the Federal Government’s restoration of its operations.
The airline’s Chief Executive Officer and Director of Operations, Mr. Jackie Hathiramani, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the airline would soon resume operations.
The Federal Government on Wednesday announced the lifting of suspension on the airline’s operations.
It said that the airline could resume flight operations anytime.
The government suspended the operations following the crash of the airline’s MD-83 aircraft at Iju-Ishaga, Lagos on June 3.
All the153 passengers on board and four eprsons on the ground died. The aircraft was going to Lagos from Abuja.
Also speaking with NAN on telephone, a retired captain in the Nigerian Air Force, John Ojikutu, hailed the development.
He said that the government ought not to have suspended the airline’s operations.
“What the government should have done was to withdraw the aircraft type.
“The relevant aviation agencies such as the Accident Investigation Bureau should have been directed to carry out checks on the withdrawn aircraft to ascertain their level of airworthiness.
The airline should have been allowed to continue to operate other types of aircraft on its fleet,” he said.
Ojikutu advised the government to make public, the findings of the AIB on the crash.
Also, a retired pilot of the defunct Nigeria Airways Ltd., Capt. Dele Ore, congratulated Nigeria and the management of Dana on the development.
He, however, said that the suspension of the airlines’ operations and lifting of the suspension was the duty of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority.
“This is the international practice as NCAA would have come up with facts to justify its actions,” he said.
Ore, who is the chairman of the Aviation Round Table, a non-governmental organisation, advised the airline to organise itself properly before resuming operations.
He advised that the airline should organise refresher and post accident trauma training for its pilots, engineers and other workers.
Chairman, Airlines Operators of Nigeria, Dr. Steve Mahonwu, also commended the lifting of the suspension.
“This is a clear departure from the tradition when airlines that suffered crashes would have to be in the cooler for between 10 years and 15 years,” he said.